Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Thomas Joseph Ogden (1912-1998)

Thomas Joseph Ogden was born on 11 July 1912 in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, to Edward Francis Ogden and Estella Kelly. When the 1920 census was enumerated, the family lived in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and Thomas' father worked in a mill and his mother was a weaver at a woolen mill. The family continued to reside in Upper Darby when the 1930 census was enumerated.

In 1937 and 1938 Thomas Ogden was a right-handed pitcher for the Centreville Colts, a Class D minor league team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, based out of Centreville, Maryland. His height was listed as 6'1" and he weighed 180 pounds. He pitched 28 games in 1937 and 151 innings in 1938. That year, apparently his last in the league, his win-loss percentage was 0.526 with a earned run average (ERA) of 4.89.

In 1940 Thomas was a lodger at the home of Earl and Florence Reichel at 502 Ontario Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Thomas worked as a clerk in a steel mill.

According to my grandmother's genealogy notebook, Thomas married Elizabeth Ann Fullerton on 28 October 1955. It is possible he had been married at least once before. The couple had one child and moved to Florida in the late 1960s where Thomas taught at private schools. Thomas and Elizabeth divorced in 1971.

Thomas Joseph Ogden died on 6 February 1998 in Hernando County, Florida. At the time of his death he lived in Brooksville. He was interred at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens in New Port Richey, Florida, with Marie L. Bennett, who died in 1992.

1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Upper Darby, Delaware, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1563; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 211; Image: 427
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Upper Darby, Delaware, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2034; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0167; Image: 407.0; FHL microfilm: 2341768
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3588; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 48-8
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 16,
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Memorial No. 29788431
US, Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, 1998 Ogden, Thomas Joseph
US, Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001, 1971 Ogden, Thomas Joseph - Elizabeth
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 362-07-2823; Issue State: Pennsylvania; Issue Date: Before 1951

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